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Furman University

Furman University is a private, coeducational, liberal arts university located in Greenville, South Carolina. The university is nationally acclaimed for its academic excellence, Engaged Learning program, and campus beauty. Founded in 1826, Furman was initially started as a men's academy and theological institute in Edgefield. The original school building was later shifted to the current Greenville campus. In 1933, students from the Greenville Women's College began attending classes with Furman students. This led to the merging of the two schools to form the present institution. The new campus started construction just five miles north of downtown Greenville in 1956, which was completed and opened its doors, in 1958. This school was affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention until 1992, and has now become non-sectarian. The 750-acre campus contains a lake, 36 major buildings including a 500,000-volume library, science building, scientific equipment, computer science and mathematics building, high-tech social sciences building, 2,000 seat auditorium, music complex with recital halls and technology lab, theatre, visual arts building, infirmary, classroom building with Humanities Center, student center, residence halls, dining hall, physical activities center, and chapel. The campus also houses a 16,000-seat football stadium, athletic fields, tennis center, soccer stadium, multi-purpose arena, and 18-hole golf court. The university offers degrees in 42 fields of study with top-quality academic assistance. In addition to art facilities, research - one of the five pillars of Engaged Learning - is also offered by Furman. The university primarily focuses on undergraduate education and emphasizes "engaged" learning, where professors encourage undergraduate students to author articles, participate in internships, and volunteer in their respective fields of study. Furman is best known for its chemistry, history, music, political science, and psychology departments. Presently, Furman enrolls approximately 2,600 undergraduate and 500 graduate students on its campus. Students are required to live on campus all four years. There are two residence complexes - Lakeside and South Housing. The university libraries provide resources, services, and technology to meet the curricular and research needs of students and faculty. The James B. Duke Library is the main library for the Furman University community and houses all general collections and services. Branch libraries include the Maxwell Music Library in the Daniel Music Building and the Ezell Science Reading Room in Plyler Hall.